Magic Under Glass- Summer Reading Challenge

Magic Under Glass

By Jaclyn Dolamore

Published by:  Bloomsbury Printing

Published on:  February 2010

Summary by Goodreads:

Nimira is a music-hall performer forced to dance for pennies to an audience of leering drunks. When wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to do a special act - singing accompaniment to an exquisite piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it is the start of a new life. In Parry's world, however, buried secrets stir.
Unsettling below-stairs rumours abound about ghosts, a mad woman roaming the halls, and of Parry's involvement in a gang of ruthless sorcerers who torture fairies for sport. When Nimira discovers the spirit of a dashing young fairy gentleman is trapped inside the automaton's stiff limbs, waiting for someone to break the curse and set him free, the two fall in love. But it is a love set against a dreadful race against time to save the entire fairy realm, which is in mortal peril.

I loved the summary about this book- steampunk, automatons, romance, faeries- what isn't to love?  This book combines the best of everything I like in YA fantasy.  I was worried, though, because the ratings for this book were up and down on Goodreads.

I loved the romance between the automaton and Nimira- I thought it was sweet and fantastically written.  I was quickly swept up into the story.  Jaclyn Dolamore is a brillant writer- what she wrote in this book is the stuff of great fairytales.  I enjoyed every minute of it.

I loved that every time I thought I had the story "figured out" and thought " oh here is the part where I can now predict what the rest of the story will be"- the author surprised me with new twists and turns in the plot.

This is a book that I would absolutely LOVE to see as a movie.  I could imagine Nimira singing in front of the piano, dressed in her mother's blue performance outfit.  I could imagine the stiff movements of an automaton with human like eyes, pleading for help.

I can't wait to read the second book in this series- I want to learn more about Nimira and her fairy prince.  If you haven't checked this book out yet- do it!

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